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Mercedes-Benz ML500 Recall 05V224000

Potential Power Steering Fluid Leak

Recall Details

The hose clamp used to secure the power steering fluid hose at the cooler may not provide sufficient clamping force, resulting in a power steering fluid leak. Loss of power steering fluid can damage the power steering pump and may result in diminished power steering assist, which could lead to a crash. Dealers will replace the power steering hose clamp to correct this concern. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2005 050004.

Our Quick Take

A power steering fluid leak may develop from the area of the power steering cooler.

What Should You Do?

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning May 17, 2005. If you are experiencing a power steering fluid leak, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.

Suspension & Steering, May 17, 2005

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
May 17, 2005
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
7,191
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
05V224000
Component
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM

Summary
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, A HOSE CLAMP THAT SECURES THE POWER STEERING FLUID COOLING HOSE TO THE POWER STEERING FLUID COOLER MAY NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT CLAMPING FORCE FOR THIS CONNECTION.
Consequence
A LOSS OF POWER STEERING FLUID CAN DAMAGE THE POWER STEERING PUMP AND MAY RESULT IN DIMINISHED POWER ASSIST FOR STEERING WHICH COULD LEAD TO A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING HOSE CLAMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 17, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.
Notes
MERCEDES BENZ RECALL NO. 2005 050004. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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